RPG-30 has already proved it is not.
I mean I understand the concept... a small high velocity rocket flying on the same trajectory... the smaller faster rocket sets off the APS defensive munition and the actual penetrator following it arrives before the system can reset ready to engage a second target.
But that kinda assumes the system is not able to handle more than one threat at a time... true for known western APS systems but I would think as the Russians developed the RPG-30 to defeat APS systems they would also design their APS systems to deal with such threats too.
How will Afghanit shut their protective shields when the APS launches a munition? Because if it can't the fragments will wash over the system, destroying the APS completely.
ARENA has a reaction time of 0.07 seconds and a target detection range of 50m.
An anti tank guided rocket or unguided rocket is going to be moving at 300-500 m/s approximately, so the first rocket is detected at 50m and lets say it is moving at 500m/s in the 0.07 seconds the system needs to do its calculations and launch its interception munition at 500m/s the rocket target will move about 35 metres, but the following actual penetrator has to then close the 50m detection range distance before the next 0.07 second cycle can be completed... if the main rocket is moving at the same speed it should be able to travel 70m, which suggests the second rocket should hit the target before it resets... but there is a core issue... even the old system could detect the first rocket is smaller than the second rocket so it might just ignore the first threat and engage the second one.
More importantly the Afghanit can't possibly operate that slow with an APFSDS round because detection at 50m and 0.07 second preparation time would mean it detects an APFSDS round at 50m and then 0,.07 second later that incoming penetrator has move over 100 metres... 126 metres in fact... so either the preparation time is shorter, or the detection range is bigger or most likely both... which means it is able to see further.
The RPG-30 has a problem... the rockets need to be far enough apart not to be intercepted by the same munition, but close enough together that the system does not have time to recognise a second threat and with a shorter reaction time and greater detection range I think that would be a near impossible task.
More importantly the newer systems should have much better optical and radar sensors which offers much better target information out to greater distances and with a lot better precision making the potential for multi threat engagement a real possibility...
Being used against Ukros in Ukraine.
Which Orc vehicles had operational APS systems?
Can you please share an example or two of these shells? Thanks.
The technology is not sophisticated... they had directed fragmentation warheads on their surface to air missiles for more than 50 years.... it is just a question of having multiple fuses located in the HE warhead with an outer shell of pre fragmented material... in the case of SAMs it determines the angular direction to the target in the last milisecond and detonates the fuse opposite from the target... the explosion and majority of the fragments are then directed at the place where the target is going to be.
No different for this APS system... the trajectory of the munition is known and relatively predictable and fixed and the trajectory of the incoming threat is calculated and an intercept course is determined and the launch and explosive direction of the warhead can be calculated incredibly quickly... and whoosh... boom.